“Violinist Fenella Humphreys responds to its elegiac reflection and technical display at top-flight level, offering emotional depth and weight of tone”
Five Stars and Orchestral Choice – BBC Music Magazine
MENDELSSOHN Märchen von der schönen Melusine, Op.32
HENSEL Overture in C major
BEETHOVEN Violin Concert in D major, Op. 61
Felix Mendelssohn wrote Märchen von der schönen Melusine
as a birthday gift to his sister, Fanny Hensel. Felix was the more
well-known of the siblings during their lifetime, partly due to him
discouraging Fanny from publishing her music, but now both are rightly
remembered for their influence on 19th century Romantic music.
Hensel, who tragically died of a stroke at just 42,
only completed one pure orchestral work, her catalogue
instead consisting of predominantly piano and vocal pieces.
Her 'Overture in C' sparkles and fizzes, leaving us
wishing she’d written more for orchestral forces!
Fenella Humphreys, one of the UK’s most established and
versatile violinists as a chamber musician, solo performer
and recording artist, joins us for Beethoven’s celebrated Violin Concerto
marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.